First Friday Art Opening & Poetry: “I Tried to Help You But Then Literally Fascism”

I’m excited to announce that I will be the featured visual artist at Oakland’s Octopus Literary Salon for First Friday, April 5th 2019.  Please join me in celebrating my art opening for the month.

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ABOUT THE TITLE POEM & OPENING: “i tried to help you but then literally fascism” is a visual poem combining original photography and verse.  It shares its title with a series of collages and paintings going back over five years, all of which are being debuted at Octopus for the first time. In addition, Paul will also premiere unpublished poems from a new series, Black Signal (2018-2019).

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ABOUT THE ART : My modus operandi as a collage artist has been fairly simple: use what isn’t mine and mine what isn’t used. Discarded love letters, corporate paraphernalia, overwrought Supersymbols, textbook science & art lessons, dumpster-dived miscellany, neglected reference works– I love finding a way to make them fit all together, with brushstrokes and scribbling, gluing and scissoring. Technical mastery over the collage form has never interested me as much as pulling things so far out of context they invert and become the backbone for new ideas. In collage & in several literary quotes on canvas, I’ve deliberately left much to the realm of inference. My hope is that a highly-textured material will speak for itself.

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Event info:

Octopus Literary Salon 2101 Webster Street

Friday, April 5th 2019 6:00-8:00pm, followed by live music.

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De Blasio Trashes Amazon Withdrawal: “You Have To Be Tough to Make it in New York City”

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Amazon has pulled out of its HQ2 plans for Long Island City in Queens, New York. In recent days, the retail and cloud computing giant seems to have been caught off-guard by the level of resistance to their plans in the city, given their years-long deliberation over the site of their new headquarters.

After Amazon’s own announcement, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio trashed their withdrawal in a statement of his own: “You have to be tough to make it in New York City. We gave Amazon the opportunity to be a good neighbor…Amazon threw away that opportunity.”

Amazon’s decision to pull out of Queens may relate to its distaste for unions, known for their strength in multiple sectors of New York’s economy. Amazon’s lowest paid workers have historically endured brutal conditions in their massive distribution warehouses. Its unclear which specific factors contributed to Amazon’s ultimate decision to back out of the project.

Meanwhile, Virginia and Tennessee are both slated to significantly expand Amazon’s infrastructure in the Southeastern United States.

As CNBC reports, Amazon became the world’s largest company earlier this year, edging an $800 billion valuation in January. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s wealthiest human.

 

SHOCK VIDEO: FRENCH POLICE KNOCK PROTESTER UNCONSCIOUS WITH WATER CANNON

PARIS, FRANCE: “Yellow Vest” protests entered their 9th week on Saturday, as police were seen knocking multiple protesters unconscious with anti-riot equipment in dramatic footage.

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Raw footage in link: A protester in Paris, France is knocked unconscious by a police water cannon, January 12th 2019.

Over 80,000 police officers were  deployed throughout the country to quell the rolling unrest. Government ministries, the Arc de Triomphe, and the presidential palace have all been the site of clashes since November. French President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly looked towards Parliament to effect a slew of new draconian protest restrictions in the coming weeks.

As recently as 2014, French police have killed a protestor with anti-riot munitions. 

2018 in Photos

I’ve decided to post some photos I took over the last six months or so.

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14TH AVE & FOOTHILL

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OLD CROW // RESTA // OFF TRAIL EAST OAKLAND

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MUCS // POTRERO HILL, SAN FRANCISCO

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CATS OF LOS ANGELES

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DON’T DATE GIRLS WITH BOYFRIENDS // DOWNTOWN OAKLAND

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SHANNON’S BAR, LONG BEACH

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PEMEX // 3AYEM // XL // CENTRAL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

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JEANS / BAER // JACK LONDON SQUARE, OAKLAND

A THOUSAND PLUS ARRESTED IN FRANCE AS MACRON’S POLICE STATE BEARS DOWN ON YELLOW VESTS

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December 8th, PARIS: Over 1,400 protesters were arrested as the full weight of the French security apparatus bore down on the Yellow Vest movement. All told, over 90,000 police officers were deployed across the country. Despite the overwhelming show of force by French President Emmanuel Macron, fires raged across the streets of Paris and confrontations were significant.  Footage captured by Fox News showed defiant protesters taunting the police with chants and whistles, even amidst unprecedented quantities of tear gas deployed by the French State.

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Raw footage from Fox News showed Yellow Vests hurling rocks at police in Paris, December 8th 2018.

The unrest has spread to numerous cities across France, even sparking looting and clashes in the island territory of Reunion. In Belgium, over one hundred protesters were arrested in clashes in the capitol city of Brussels. As CBS reports: 

Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel… as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Riot police watch as water cannons douse protesters in Paris, December 8th, 2018 [Fox News].

Meanwhile, Macron had remained silent in the week leading up to December 8th, opting instead to let his Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, announce concessions to the protesters. Macron is expected to address the nation in the coming days, a little more than a week after his reversal of his planned diesel tax.

For Further Reading:

Pushing the Disorder Further [Ediciones Inéditos]

Extensive Links on Unrest in France & Around the Globe [Dialectical Delinquents]

December 1st Riots Coverage [Web Address of Paul Murufas]

 

 

 

Breaking: Paris Burns as Protests Escalate Across French Territories

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DECEMBER 1ST, 2018: The “yellow vest” protests in France have escalated to the point of a major urban disorder in the city of Paris, as well as other cities in France and its island territories. Live stream footage captured from the scene showed protesters in control of the Arc de Triomphe, which was reportedly scaled by yellow vest protesters and vandalized.

A newscast from BFMTV late Saturday night showed rioters looting the gift shop inside of the Arc De Triomphe, as well as using a power drill to destroy property within the monument. They ran coverage of the protests with the headline “Considerable Damage in Paris”.

As The Daily Mail reports: “Fires and clouds of tear gas covered the French capital from early morning until late in the evening, in some of the worst violence ever seen in the French capital as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.” Other estimates of the participant crowd size ranged into the range of 10,000 to 30,000 or even more.

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Over 250 people were arrested on Saturday in Paris. As of this writing, riots in the capitol and surrounding cities are ongoing. Videos of the day-time protests showed immense quantities of tear gas fired into large crowds of yellow vest wearers.

In Belgium, police vans were burnt during clashes in the capitol city of Brussels, during a demonstration and blockade called by the country’s own yellow vests.

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Famous Scorpio Alert: 90 years since Birth of Literary Icon Anne Sexton

Few figures in the world of modern American poetry have inspired more scrutiny and adoration than Anne Sexton (1928-1974). Much imitated and yet wholly inimitable, an Anne Sexton poem is both immediate and elusive. She speaks to the spiritual concerns of the Poet-with-a-capital-P, while taking dead aim at the human and her thrashings across the material plane.

I may, however, be biased, since Anne Sexton was my first favorite poet and the one who I still return when I question what it is about poetry that I love and am still in need of.

So, in celebration of ninety years since the birth of Sexton (this Friday, November 9th), I’m reposting one of her early works, “Flee on Your Donkey”. You can read it on PDF here.

 

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